Valentines, Visitors, and Various Vacation Viewings: February at LEA

Here’s what we’ve been up to!

Valentine’s Cards and Treats

Glitter, colorful paper, gel pens, and glue sticks littered the tables on Valentine’s Day as our students “Heart Attacked” the house with valentines for their peers. They snacked on red velvet Chex party mix as they worked. The result was a beautiful collage on the windows comprised of meaningful, encouraging personalized observations.

Lindsey Wells, Mary Kay consultant, skin care demonstration

Lindsey spent some time educating us on some self care. She taught us about our skin and shared some products so we could experience a little pampering. For those who were interested, she also provided little bags with samples for us to keep.


Midway Ice Castles and Frozen

You may have already seen the Midway Ice Castles without knowing what you were seeing. They have been featured prominantly in some recently viral videos, including covers of “Let it Go” by Alex Boye and The Piano Guys. These videos were released after our visit, but the effect of the massive castles made entirely of ice was still awe-inspiring. After touring the castles, the kids also got to take pictures with an ice princess. After returning to the residence for dinner, we went to the theater and watched the movie Frozen.

This is Your Band

The nationally-acclaimed four-piece karaoke band, This is Your Band, returned to La Europa to play some music with the kids. With hundreds and hundreds of songs under thier belts and teleprompters with song lyrics, the band transformed our students into rock stars for a day.


Lindsay and Lexie Kite, Beauty Redefined

Internationally-published twin sisters, Lexie and Lindsay Kite, brought their PhD research on media literacy and self-objectification to La Europa over the break. Their non-profit organization, Beauty Redefined, has articles republished in The Huffington Post, is being promoted by musicans Tegan and Sara, received a shout-out from Amy Poehler’s “Smart Girls”, and more. The sisters presented ways to recognize harmful media messages and research-driven strategies to counteract them.

It’s amazing how quickly February has passed. Stay tuned for more fun activities in March!


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